People use the word gender to indicate your biological sex or your sense of being female, male, or a combination of both. Danica Patrick is someone who has broken many gender barriers by being a successful female race-car driver in a male-dominated sport.

If you've learned French, Spanish, or Latin, you know these languages assign genders to nouns, such as masculine, feminine, or neuter. Besides this grammatical use, gender and sex are very often used as synonyms in everyday speech. However, while sex refers to biological differences between men and women, gender is much more complicated and changeable, influenced by society, culture, and an individual person's self-identity.

Definitions of gender

n the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles

sex, sexuality
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maleness, masculinity
the properties characteristic of the male sex
androgyny, bisexuality, hermaphroditism
showing characteristics of both sexes
femaleness, feminineness
the properties characteristic of the female sex
the masculine property of being capable of copulation and procreation
Type of:
physiological property
a property having to do with the functioning of the body

n a grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives; in some languages it is quite arbitrary but in Indo-European languages it is usually based on sex or animateness

grammatical gender
a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to females or to objects classified as female
a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to males or to objects classified as male
a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to inanimate objects (neither masculine nor feminine)
Type of:
grammatical category, syntactic category
(grammar) a category of words having the same grammatical properties

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